Spark Your City launch – Spark 1 – Love Mondays @ London Bridge / Monday 22nd June 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

From: 6am

@ London Bridge

www.sparkyourcity.com

Gemma Cairney brought her larger than life personality and passion for colour to the corporate commuter thoroughfare of London Bridge. Crossing this bridge every morning on the way to work, Gemma decided it was time to bring a smile to the faces of the 150,000 people who cross the bridge every day with a dramatic colour popping piece of land art, spanning the full 300 metre length.

NikeCourt Club @ Tanner Park, Bermondsey / from 25th June to 4th July 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

From: 8:30am – 8:30pm

@ Tanner Street Park, Bermondsey, London SE1 3GS

Book a free session

www.nike.com/nikecourtclub

This summer, Nike is bringing fresh style to the world of tennis as it refurbishes the courts in Tanner Park, Bermondsey to offer budding players the chance to play and practice at the new NikeCourt Club.

NikeCourt Club offers free tennis coaching and other fitness programming for a ten day period and is open to players of all levels.

Featuring a bold fuchsia ‘hot shot’ tennis court, colour-contrasting tennis balls and umpire-style seating. There is also a bespoke ‘build your own court’ featuring a black painted court and fluorescent chalk, allowing players to create their own, unique games. Normal tennis does not exist at NikeCourt Club.

20 times Grand Slam Champion and World No.1 Serena Williams will make a special visit to NikeCourt Club for a Q&A session and to share her tips.

Free tennis includes:
– Fast Tennis hosted by the best coaches in the country for a high intensity session inspired by the way the top athletes train which will get your heart racing and your swing perfect

– King of the Court – a fast moving competitive tournament to work all aspects of your game

– Start from the Baseline – a beginner’s guide to play tennis with leading coaches to make sure you get the basics right

Scotch & Soda @ Wonderground / until 2nd August 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 19:30

@ London Wonderground, Southbank Centre, Spiegeltent, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: from £27 book online (cheap £12.50 seats are available on the day and in person only)

www.londonwonderground.co.uk

An incredible circus and music performance act that will keep you on the edge of your seat with excitement and some very unexpected rude surprises.

Expect everything from somersaults to weird scenes with animals. This is an must-see show bursting with energy and rhythm, you won’t know what to be most impressed with.

The performers must be some of the most multi-talented artists to have ever reached London! Get your tickets, or better still grab a booth for all your mates. Guaranteed to be the most exciting show you’ll see this summer.

Festival of Love @ Southbank Centre / until 31st August 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Free and paid activities and exhibitions

www.southbankcentre.co.uk

A summer of love-themed activities, performances, music, exhibitions and free events as hundreds of artists, communities and partners come together to create an unforgettable summer.

Enjoy the Thames-side site transformed by several large-scale indoor and outdoor installations, interactive artworks and unique pop-ups to spend time in with your friends and loved-ones.

Burger Fest 2015 @ The Paperworks / Saturday 27th June 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 12:00-17:30 and 18:00-23:30

@ The Paperworks, 48-50 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR

Tickets: £35 book online

www.twentysomething.com
www.thepaperworks.co.uk

Twenty Something London has sunk its teeth into a bigger, better and beefier event for 2015, partnering with Red Stripe and The Paperworks to bring the city’s burger-mad the chance to consume an unacceptable amount of the capital’s best calibre burgers all under one roof.

Top 10 Burgers tested for the event include:
– 1st place: The Veni Moo, Wild Game Co.
– 2nd place: The Bacon Cheeseburger, Bleecker St.
– 3rd place: The Angry Grizzly, Stokey Bears
– 4th place: The Smokey Bandit, Hotbox
– 5th place: The Buffalo Bill, Street Kitchen
– 6th place: The Honest, Honest Burgers
– 7th place: The Green Chilli Cheese Burger, Dip n Flip
– 8th place: The El Chappo, Lucky Chip
– 9th place: The Boom Burger, Boom Burger
– 10th place: The Juice Bastard, Burger Craft

The list has received a shake-up from last year with old favourites Mother Flipper, Patty & Bun, Tommi’s, Hawksmoor and even last year’s number one, Flat Iron, falling off the edge. The crop of newcomers includes Spitalfields smokehouse Hotbox, Manhattan-inspired street food stall Bleecker St, pub-punter favourite Lucky Chip, Portobello road’s hidden Jamaican gem Boom Burger, and the third in Burger Bear Tom’s disco dens, Stokey Bears.

Nina Conti: In Your Face @ The Lyric / Monday 30th November 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 19:30

@ The Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES

Tickets: £19.90 book online

The amazing Nina will be bringing her spectacular feat of ventriloquism to London’s renowned West End.

See her exceptionably entertaining take on ventriloquism and the show almost entirely improvised!

Nina really needs no introduction, having won a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium, and made a BAFTA nominated film – all without even moving her lips.

Now Nina will use the skills and wit for which she is loved, to bring a new comedy experience to the West End. Strap into the mask as Nina gets in your face, creating a different show each night by plucking inspiration from the audience.

With the help of Monkey and a bag of tricks, truly anything can happen in this unmissable improvised adventure of hilarious witchery.

House of Burlesque: Straight Up @ Wonderground / 24th September 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 21:00 (duration 90 minutes)

@ London Wonderground, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: £16 book online

www.londonwonderground.co.uk

How do you like your Burlesque – sweet, dirty or perfect?

Straight Up is the new show from the UK’s best burlesque production house. Initially dreamed up by international showgirl Tempest Rose.

The show is on for summer featuring sensational combination of traditional skills and jaw dropping new talent. Performances are by the most stunning girls and boys in town and inspired by the nation’s favourite pastime: the demon drink.

You are invited to embrace the bacchanalia and, grab the salt and lemon as Miss Tempest Rose shows you through the contents of her liquor cabinet, mixing up a cocktail of the cheekiest, cleverest, and downright most stunning burlesque in town.

Win a pair of tickets to Taste of London with Casa Havana Mojito bar pop-up

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Taste of London festival and Brixton Market

www.havana-mojito.co.uk

Learn how to create the authentic taste of Cuba at the Casa Havana Mojito bar!

London’s markets are getting that authentic Cuban flavour. Until August a series of pop-up Casa Havana Mojito bars will offer you a chance to mix your own mojitos for free, expertly guided by trained ‘Cantineros’ (the word for ‘barmen’ in Cuban Spanish). All guests will be gifted a rustic Havana tin cup to take away too. Simply swing by at Taste of London festival or Brixton Market and learn how to create the perfect mojito quicker than you can say salud!

Pop-ups:

Taste of London festival (festival ticket holders only)
17th–21st June

Brixton Market
25th-28th June
2nd-5th, 9th-12th, 9th-12th July

Win two tickets to Taste of London by emailing competitions@informedlondon.com by the end of Monday 15th June. Tell us who you will share your mojito with!

Sponsored by Diageo – Cocktail Crashers vs the weeknight #letsCOCKTAIL

We’re excited for summer and as only modest cocktail makers we’re always on the lookout for exciting new recipes that are easy to understand.

Our favourite venues across London this summer for cocktail drinking include Frank’s rooftop over in Peckham based in a car park, it’s not a big secret (sometimes the queues go for down a couple of floors in the car park!) but it’s also a fantastic vantage point and the food is amazing. Don’t expect burgers and chips, the chefs serve up a tasty selection of meaty and veggie options. Brixton Village, under the railway arches, is another amazing venue which isn’t a secret… The market houses dozens of independent restaurants and bars ranging from far-east Sushi to South American feasts. Market Row is the extra bit across the road, also under railway arches, including Seven at Brixton, which serves up trendy tapas and cocktails.

Having enjoyed the delights of London’s amazing cocktails we’re desperate to make them at home and show off at summer BBQs.

To get us into the spirit (pun intended) The Cocktail Crashers show us how to make a pimped up G&T for after work!

From favourites cocktails from thebar.com include:
– The ‘No Problemo’ Mojito
– The Pimm Daddy
And of course, the
– The OMG&T

You can find loads of easy to make cocktails on their website, also see how to make cocktails from just the ingredients left over in your kitchen and get involved on social media by sharing what your’re up to on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #letsCOCKTAIL

Get started now! Use these tips:
1. If you don’t have sugar syrup replace with sugar or honey
2. Experiment by adding your favourite fruit
3. Chill your glasses for a few minutes

This post was sponsored by Diageo for the campaign Shake it Up and is recommended by InFormed London.

Sprayed @ Gagosian Gallery / until 1st August 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue–Sat 10am-6pm

@ Gagosian Gallery, 6-24 Britannia St, London WC1X 9JD

Free entry

www.gagosian.com

This extensive exhibition spanning four generations explores the myriad ways in which artists have employed the impulsive yet de-personalized and non-gestural forces of SPRAY.

It begins with Paul Klee’s work on paper Seltsames Theater (1929), where he improvised with a blowpipe to achieve hazy background effects in a circus scene. This tentative experiment presaged the bold and diverse artistic licence that would come with the post-war advent of aerosol paint as a consumer product and the use of the industrial paint compressor.

From the mid-1950s, sculptor David Smith sprayed enamels over various studio objects and offcuts laid on canvas and paper as stencils; the resulting images recalled Paleolithic cave paintings made by blowing pigment over hands pressed flat. John Chamberlain blurred the lines between painting and sculpture by torquing scrap automobile parts into painterly abstractions, then enhancing the original paint surface with fresh sprays of coloured lacquer. Lawrence Weiner’s interaction with the medium resulted in a simple, dispassionate instruction: Two Minutes of Spray Paint Directly Upon the Floor From a Standard Aerosol Spray Can (1968); while Martin Barré tested it at different distances and pressures in a series of rapid strikes producing sequences of stripes and cryptic punctuations on paper.

From the late sixties, spray assumed a new scale and level of exposure, from Dan Christensen’s vast “post-painterly” abstractions—where he used a spray gun to create intersecting coloured loops of paint alive with cool-tempered energies—and Jules Olitski’s ethereal gradations of tone, texture, and depth; to Richard Artschwager’s furtive urban Blps; Jean-Michel Basquiat’s existential aphorisms tagged on New York City walls; and Keith Haring’s exuberant political pictography that covered bodies, canvases, and subways. In the ultimate debunking of Ab Ex posturing, Andy Warhol produced a series of alchemical Oxidation Paintings by urinating on canvases primed with metallic paint.